Book Notes

Summary and notes on books of relevance from across the leadership spectrum.

Derailed: Five Lessons Learned From Catastrophic Failures of Leadership

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Title: Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership Author: Tim Irwin Copyright: 2009 Book Summary: What causes a leader to fail and how do we avoid meeting the same fate? This is the Continue reading …

In the Name of Jesus

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Title: In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership Author: Henri J.M Nouwen Copyright Date: 1990 Book Summary: Henri Nouwen presents a powerful vision of leadership for now and for the future in this Continue reading …

Strenghtening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

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Title: Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry Author: Ruth Haley Barton Copyright Date: 2008 Book Summary: This is a book about the soul-­‐ -­‐your soul, my soul and Continue reading …

Leadership as an Identity

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Title: Leadership As An Identity Author: Crawford Loritts Copyright Date: 2009 Book Summary: Leadership is more than the sum of someone’s personality traits, abilities, and talents. Leadership is also more than following a “How to” Continue reading …

The Rest of God

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Title: The Rest Of God: Restoring Your Soul be Experiencing Sabbath Author: Mark Buchanan Copyright Date: 2005 Book Summary:  Most of us feel utterly ransacked. We are waylaid by endless demands and stifling routines. Even Continue reading …

Leading on Empty

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Title: Leading On Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion Author: Wayne Cordeiro Copyright Date: 2010 Book Summary: A message of revitalization and encouragement for leaders before they leave the ministry. Wayne Cordeiro, author Continue reading …


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Title: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Author: Daniel H. Pink Copyright: 2009 Book Description: Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people-­‐ -­‐at work, at school, at home. It’s Continue reading …

Next Generation Leader

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Title: Next Generation Leader: Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future Author: Andy Stanley Copyright Date: 2003 Book Summary:  A growing number of next generation Christians are eager to learn, grow, and lead Continue reading …


Everyone’s life gets better when a leader’s life gets stronger.

– Chuck Olson

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